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Minister Vandal announces federal investments to support clean technology advancements across Alberta

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More than $21 million through PrairiesCan to build on Alberta’s strengths in commercializing innovative technologies that benefit people and communities in the green Prairie economy

CALGARY, AB, July 4, 2024 /CNW/ – As global markets increasingly look for more sustainable ways of doing business, innovators across Alberta have new opportunities to create and commercialize technologies that offer benefits for both the economy and the environment. Alberta is already a national and global leader across key sectors that contribute to Canada’s prosperity—from energy, environment and aerospace to digital technology, life sciences and value-added agriculture.

Through improved coordination across federal departments and in partnership with all levels of government and industry, the Government of Canada is committed to enabling Alberta’s small- and medium-sized businesses to continue capitalizing on these and other opportunities that build on Alberta’s established strengths in creating products and services that the world needs. 

Today, the Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan, announced federal funding of more than $21.9 million for 13 projects to bolster Alberta’s clean technology sector through the commercialization and adoption of new applications that offer environmental benefits across a wide range of industries. Examples of projects receiving support include:

Alberta Innovates is receiving $10 million to launch a production and testing facility to support the commercialization of new technologies that help produce low-cost carbon fibre using bitumen.

The Battery Metals Association of Canada is receiving $850,000 to support growth of the battery metals sector in Western Canada by enhancing collaboration and educating stakeholders.

Carbon Management Canada is receiving $1,168,000 to enhance its emission management technology validation facility where small- and medium-sized businesses can test, refine, and commercialize carbon capture products and technologies.

Kuva Canada is receiving more than $4 million in repayable funding to grow market share of its automated methane monitoring products and software which safely detect methane leaks more accurately, faster and at a lower cost than traditional methane inspection technologies.

The Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) is receiving $174,000 to conduct a comprehensive review of the Métis Housing portfolio energy efficiency plan that will provide prioritized recommendations to increase the energy efficiency of homes and support their Climate Change Action Plan.

Projects receiving funding will have significant environmental and economic benefits across the Prairies, including supporting more than 415 jobs and enabling Alberta firms to take advantage of growing market demand for clean energy solutions. Today’s federal investment leverages about $7 million in additional funding through other levels of government and industry.

This announcement exemplifies key principles of the Framework to Build a Green Prairie Economy, which was tabled in Parliament in December 2023 as a long-term commitment to seize new possibilities to build good-paying jobs in a globally competitive green economy by working collaboratively to build on the region’s strengths in clean resource development, agriculture and manufacturing, and the service industry.

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“Our government is making strategic investments to build on Alberta’s proven ability to commercialize innovative clean energy solutions that have environmental and economic benefits. Today’s investment in these 13 projects will help ensure that Alberta businesses can capitalize on new opportunities to meet global demand for clean technology know-how and expertise. These investments, in conjunction with enhanced collaboration supported by the Framework to Build a Green Prairie Economy, will help build a stronger and more sustainable economic future across the Prairies.”
–The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister for PrairiesCan

“Today’s announcement is about making sure Alberta businesses remain at the forefront of Canada’s innovation. These projects will create sustainable jobs and demonstrate Alberta’s proven capacity to create clean technology and energy – pushing us towards great global market opportunities.”
–The Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages

“Alberta is home to world-leading businesses and entrepreneurs who punch above their weight in innovation and ingenuity. Clean technology and clean energy are fields in which our province is gaining a global reputation for excellence. Today’s investments will further bolster that capability so that we can create a sustainable economy and good jobs for Albertans for years to come.”
George Chahal, Member of Parliament for Calgary Skyview

“We congratulate Alberta Innovates on the success in the Regional Innovation Ecosystems program competition. The award will create markets and opportunities for Alberta that haven’t previously existed. We look forward to the results of the Carbon Fibre Grand Challenge, which has the potential to create jobs in a new industry, and to attract investment.”
–The Honourable Nate Glubish, Minister of Technology and Innovation, Government of Alberta

“This investment of more than $21 million is a vote of confidence in our city’s ability to lead the charge towards net-zero. As the heart of Canada’s energy sector and home to the biggest concentration of Alberta’s cleantech companies, our local businesses are at the forefront of developing technologies that will shape a greener future. This support will undoubtedly accelerate their efforts to bring these solutions to global markets.”
Jyoti Gondek, Mayor, City of Calgary

“This initiative will support our commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve housing sustainability and build internal capacity within Métis Housing, accelerating climate action for our Housing portfolio and ensuring that our staff are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to drive sustainable change from within our community. Together, we are laying the groundwork for a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.”
Jason Chernow, Calgary Elbow Métis District 6 Citizens’ Representative and Secretary of Environment and Climate Change, Otipemisiwak Métis Government of the Métis Nation within Alberta

“This funding will accelerate the development and commercialization of carbon fibre technologies in Alberta. Carbon fibre can be a key pathway to a net-zero emissions future – dramatically reduce emissions and enable a new Canadian competitive advantage in a low-carbon economy. The facility will allow carbon fibre producers and manufacturers to meet the needs of climate sensitive markets and get a step closer new advanced materials industry.”
– Michael Mahon, PhD, Interim, CEO, Alberta Innovates

“BMAC’s mission is to foster the growth of Canada’s emerging battery industry to develop a strong and sustainable domestic value chain in support of the clean energy transition. As a small non-profit organization with a large mandate, the investment BMAC has received from PrairiesCan has been instrumental in enabling us to connect with Canada’s battery industry and provide key resources and support to aid in its success.”
Sean De Vries, Executive Director, Battery Metals Association of Canada

“We are thrilled to have been selected for investment by PrairiesCan. This funding will enable us to accelerate growth by investing into increasing our Calgary-based team and commercialising additional features while helping our oil and gas customers see, size and solve their methane emission challenges to meet emission reduction goals.”
– Stefan Bokaemper, President, Kuva Canada  

Quick facts

Federal funding for these 13 projects is being provided through PrairiesCan. PrairiesCan programs and services help businesses, not-for-profits and communities grow stronger: its mandate is to support economic growth and diversification in the Prairie provinces and advance the interests of the region in national economic policy, programs, and projects.The Framework to Build a Green Prairie Economy is a long-term commitment to work differently; through stronger coordination among federal departments on investments for the Prairies, and closer collaboration with Prairie partners on their priorities for a prosperous and sustainable Prairie economy that respects provincial jurisdictions and supports Indigenous economic reconciliation.In Alberta specifically, the Framework is intended to encourage greater collaboration on regional investment opportunities, such as supporting decarbonization by advancing the hydrogen ecosystem and critical minerals opportunities; growing a sustainable agriculture sector by catalyzing more value-added activity and reducing environmental impact; and strengthening our support for community economic development capacity and initiatives, especially in Indigenous and rural communities.

Backgrounder

PrairiesCan is investing over $21 million for 13 projects in Alberta through several federal programs, including the Alberta Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative; the Business Scale-up and Productivity program; and the Regional Innovation Ecosystems program. These investments are expected to support over 415 jobs and help Alberta organizations seize opportunities resulting from the integration and development of clean technologies. Adopting and commercializing new technologies offers the potential of environmental and economic benefits across a wide range of industries.

Alberta Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (AICEI) – $926,450

The AICEI supports renewable energy generation or energy efficiency projects that are led by, or for the benefit of, First Nation and Métis communities in Alberta. AICEI is funded through the Strategic Partnerships Initiative which is led by Indigenous Services Canada to provide a way for federal partners to coordinate their efforts, reduce administrative burden and pool resources in support of Indigenous communities. Today, PrairiesCan announced AICEI support for four projects: 

Cold Lake First Nations ($124,000)
Complete a feasibility study to determine the suitability of a geothermal system to heat and cool a new pre-construction events centre as well as the existing Casino Dene and Hotel Dene.Métis Nation of Alberta ($174,000)
As part of the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Climate Change Action Plan, conduct a comprehensive review of the MNA housing portfolio and develop a report which gives prioritized recommendations to increase the energy efficiency of homes.
Neyaskweyak Group of Companies Inc. (Ermineskin Cree Nation) ($373,450)
Complete a feasibility study to support the approval and construction of a new solar farm in Ermineskin Cree Nation.Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) ($255,000)
As part of a partnership between SAIT’s Green Building Technologies research division and the Alberta Native Friendship Centre Association (ANFCA), upgrade ANFCA Friendship Centres in Fort McMurray, Medicine Hat, and St. Paul with energy efficient building systems to reduce emissions and operating costs.

Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) Program – $5,986,395

The BSP program supports high-growth businesses that are seeking to improve productivity, scale-up and commercialize technology. It offers interest-free, repayable funding to incorporated businesses that have been in operation for a minimum of two years. Today, PrairiesCan announced BSP support for two projects:

Kuva Canada ($4,079,895)
Expand marketing, operations, and product development initiatives to grow market share of its automated methane monitoring products and software which safely detect methane leaks more accurately, faster and at a lower cost than traditional methane inspection technologies.RJ Maclean Tank Services ($1,906,500)
Incorporate product improvements and launch marketing initiatives to increase international sales of its robotic tank cleaning system which uses less water and produces less waste than traditional industrial storage tank cleaning processes.

Regional Innovation Ecosystems (RIE) Program – $15,070,112

The RIE program helps create, grow, and nurture inclusive regional ecosystems that support business needs to facilitate innovation. Through the RIE program, targeted investments in not-for-profit organizations support businesses in priority sectors to innovate, grow and compete globally. The RIE program also promotes inclusive growth by helping underrepresented groups more fully participate in the innovation economy. Today, PrairiesCan announced RIE support for seven projects:

Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance ($500,000)
Lead stakeholder engagement sessions and technology demonstrations to increase the adoption of energy reducing technologies and support collaboration in Alberta’s energy industry.Alberta Innovates ($10,000,000)
Establish a specialized production and testing facility to commercialize technologies that convert bitumen into carbon fibre at a significantly lower cost than traditional carbon fibre manufacturing processes.
Alberta Motor Transport Association and the University of Alberta ($1,400,000)
Expand hydrogen heavy vehicle trials and demonstrations across Alberta, including in rural areas and Indigenous communities. This latest funding builds on PrairiesCan’s previously announced funding of $3 million, bringing total PrairiesCan funding to $4.4M.Battery Metals Association of Canada ($850,000)
Support growth of the battery metals sector in Western Canada by enhancing collaboration and educating stakeholders.Carbon Management Canada ($1,168,000)
Purchase and install new equipment to enhance its emission management technology validation facility where small- and medium-sized businesses can test, refine, and commercialize carbon capture products and technologies. This latest funding builds on PrairiesCan’s previously announced funding of $1,573,500, bringing total PrairiesCan funding to $2,741,500.Pembina Institute ($752,112)
Establish a new Centre for Carbon Dioxide Removal based in Calgary which will provide resources and workshops to advance a market for innovative technologies that remove carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere.Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada ($400,000)
Provide technical, business and marketing support to help businesses in Alberta export their clean technology innovations to international markets.

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Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan)The Framework to Build a Green Prairie EconomyGreen Prairie Economy

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Youth Power: Foreign Youth Embrace China’s Economic Prospects

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BEIJING, July 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In the latest episode of China Daily’s Youth Power, which aired on June 30, Jan Kerekes, a Canadian who has lived in South China’s Hainan province for six years, shared what led him to settle down here.

Hainan is really opening up. The whole world comes here, and you see the opportunities right in front of you,” Kerekes said. “It is a place where you can pursue your dreams.”

Now a teacher at Hainan University, Andreev Aleksei, a 30-year-old Russian, found Kerekes’s story particularly resonant.

“When I went back to my country, I missed the island so much that I had to come back,” Aleksei said. “Hainan not only hosts the Boao Forum for Asia but it is also the best place for windsurfing and parachuting.”

To encourage international talent to come, Hainan has introduced 16 measures to streamline living and working conditions for foreigners.

For example, Aleksei mentioned that Hainan offers numerous benefits and advantageous policies to assist global talents in establishing businesses in the region.

“[The application process] takes just three days, and it can be completed entirely online, even for foreigners,” he said.

The young guests visited the Haikou Municipal Government Service Center to learn more about these measures. There, they met people from around the world with different needs — whether for visas, education, or business.

“I think it’s a testament to the inclusivity of the entire province,” said Jood Ghazwan Sharaf, a 27-year-old Bulgarian student at Tsinghua University.

Dylan Walker, 27, from the United States, was impressed by the efficiency of the “one window for all” system.

“It’s like a one-stop service,” he said. “You don’t have to run all over the place.”

In addition to aiding tourists and residents in their daily lives and business activities, Hainan has made significant economic progress.

One notable example is the Yangpu Economic Development Zone, which has evolved from a small port into Hainan’s largest international port.

In the zone, the young guests explored the Yangpu Offshore Wind Power Industrial Park, where they discovered Hainan’s commitment to developing its marine economy and striving for a harmonious coexistence with the ocean.

According to Lin Qingsong, the park’s general manager, while Hainan’s wind power utilization is still in its early stages, this project stands out as a pioneering model for future large-scale offshore wind power initiatives.

“We can see that China is not an economy that goes within itself. It goes outward to benefit the rest of humanity,” Sharaf said, impressed by China’s innovative economic experiments.

As a global resident of Hainan, Aleksei believes that this island is not only a dynamic free trade model but also a natural paradise that strikes a balance between work and leisure.

“This is quite a unique place in China,” Aleksei said. “No matter what purpose brings you here, whether it’s tourism, starting a business, or work, just come here, and you will fall in love with it.”

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Unimoni Student Stars 2024 – Scholarship & Rewards Program Launched: Study Abroad with ₹12 Lakhs Scholarship

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KOCHI, India, July 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Unimoni, a leading provider of international money transfer services, is thrilled to announce the launch of its highly anticipated Unimoni Student Stars 2024 scholarship program. This year, the program offers a staggering ₹12 lakhs in scholarships and prizes, empowering ambitious Indian students to pursue their educational dreams abroad.

Unimoni Student Stars 2023 proved to be a monumental success, underscoring Unimoni’s commitment to nurturing India’s brightest talents pursuing international education. The program garnered widespread acclaim for its inclusive approach and impactful support of deserving students nationwide.

Building on last year’s initiative’s resounding achievements, which supported numerous talented students in pursuing overseas education dreams, Unimoni aims to elevate its impact further in 2024. The Unimoni Student Stars 2024 scholarship program launched with increased prize offerings, expanded eligibility criteria, and enhanced participant engagement initiatives planned. The company is poised to attract an even broader pool of exceptional candidates.

Beyond the Mega Scholarships: Exciting Rewards Throughout the Year

The Unimoni Student Stars 2024 scholarship program offers a tiered prize structure. The grand prize winner receives a life-changing scholarship of ₹5 lakhs. Additionally, one student will be awarded a second prize of ₹2 lakhs and three deserving students will receive scholarships worth ₹1 lakh each. Every quarter during the application period, lucky applicants will have the chance to win a new laptop. Every month, registered students can win a stylish trolley bag, perfect for their international studies. Plus, every participant secures a coveted free study abroad forex card.

Brace yourselves for a journey of triumph and rewards with Unimoni Student Stars 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

The Unimoni Student Stars 2024 scholarship program is open to Indian students either pursuing higher education abroad or planning to do so. To be eligible, candidates must register on the Unimoni or Remit Forex website with relevant details by March 31, 2025. Eligibility criteria include securing 60% or more in 10+2/diploma or graduation from institutions recognized by CBSE/ICSE/UGC/State/Central government. Candidates must also possess a valid offer letter from a foreign university. Indian students studying overseas are eligible but must update their university details during registration.

The registration process is straightforward

The application process is designed to be simple and convenient. Students can register online at the Unimoni website or the Remitforex website. Or scan QR codes from advertisements or social media links and complete a dedicated registration landing page. Candidates must accept the terms and conditions after entering personal and educational details and confirming eligibility. Subscribing to Unimoni or Remit Forex’s social media pages is encouraged, and additional referral benefits are available.

The Application Window Opens July 1, 2024

Register for Unimoni Student Stars 2024

Embark confidently on the study abroad journey by joining the Unimoni Student Stars 2024 program. Register now to unlock exclusive benefits and services tailored to support every international education dreams. From seamless outward remittance solutions to expert guidance on financial transactions, Unimoni ensures everyone’s study abroad experience is smooth and stress-free.

Follow Unimoni on social media for updates on the Unimoni Student Stars 2024 scholarship program and other exciting initiatives.

Don’t miss out – seize this opportunity to realize global ambitions with Unimoni. Please register today and let Unimoni empower candidates on their educational journey abroad.

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About Unimoni & Their Customized Services to Meet Everyone’s Needs

Committed to facilitating global education opportunities, Unimoni empowers students to achieve their academic dreams abroad and promotes its services to aspiring students.

Whether you’re remitting funds for tuition fees or living expenses, Unimoni ensures secure and streamlined outward remittance services. Unimoni’s competitive rates and efficient exchange services also make navigating currency exchanges seamless. Our exclusive study abroad forex card offers convenience and security, facilitating hassle-free financial transactions wherever you are. If you need assistance with Guaranteed Investment Certificates (GICs), Blocked Accounts, or Foreign Telegraphic Transfers (FTS), Unimoni provides expert guidance and support.

Unimoni facilitates effortless payments for university fees, hostel charges, and other expenses abroad, ensuring timely transactions to support your academic journey. Unimoni offers comprehensive health insurance plans, flexible and competitive overseas education loan options, and suitable student accommodation to ensure a smooth transition to your new academic environment. You need not worry about visa procurement, passport assistance, flight bookings, and pre-departure orientation!

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Faith In Young Champions: Hisense Partners with UEFA Foundation to Bring the Beautiful Game to Hospitalized Children

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QINGDAO, China, July 12, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — During the EURO 2024 tournament, the global home appliance and consumer electronics brand Hisense and the UEFA Foundation jointly launched “Faith In Young Champions,” a public welfare initiative. Innovative robots powered by Hisense enabled hospitalized children from 22 countries to virtually connect with 23 EURO 2024 matches, fulfilling their dreams of attending the event despite physical limitations.

During these periods, children can employ the robot to gain entry into exclusive areas, such as the warm-up zone, locker room or VIP section, directing interaction with their beloved players or teams, so that every football-loving soul can express the purest passion of live football in this way.

As part of its commitment to improving the lives of children, Hisense wants to leverage user-centric technology and social responsibility worldwide. For this remarkable occasion, Hisense supported state-of-the-art commercial products like interactive displays to a hospital in South Africa, and the children had the enriching opportunity to learn how this technology works through interactive activities with the help of volunteers. Also, hospital can use that in their daily office, meeting or discussion, making their working processes more electronic and convenient. 

“We gladly accept the digital board and it will go a very long way to share ideas and brain storm with the directors, doctors and management teams of the hospital, this digital version will make life so much easier.” According to the manager of hospital.

UEFA Foundation was founded in 2015 as a charitable organization governed under Swiss law, with a long-standing philosophy that aligns with the concepts of youth care and social responsibility of Hisense. During the EURO 2024 tournaments, fans also noticed “BECAUSE EVERY CHILD IS A CHAMPION” slogan on the LED board at the pitch side, which perfectly coincides with the “Faith In Young Champions” proposal called upon by Hisense this year, also making the collaboration more possible.

Carine Nkoue, General Secretary of the UEFA Foundation, said, “Football is not only the number one sport in the world but is also a great platform to create solidarity projects for those in need. I would like to encourage all of you to join the activities of the UEFA Foundation for children and become a supporter of this global initiative. With Hisense’s support and the solidarity of the European football family, we can achieve even more.”

Engaging in charitable endeavors and fulfilling corporate social responsibility has long been a cornerstone of Hisense’s corporate culture. The company has proactively allocated resources towards public welfare initiatives with the concept of helping everyone enjoy every moment of life with user-centric technology.

Thanks to its global presence in the diversity industries, Hisense is empowered to take on a broad range of social responsibilities to enhance healthcare and education standards worldwide. Hisense exports ultrasound and other equipment to over 20 countries in Asia, Central and Eastern Africa, and Europe to meet a diverse range of those in needs. Hisense’s commercial display products have also gained market traction in over 40 countries, including Europe, the United States, and the Asia-Pacific region.

For many years, Hisense has actively participated in public welfare activities initiated by world-class sports events. The collaboration this time is a spiritual inspiration to upgrade the CSR campaign from product sponsorship to beyond time and space.

Looking ahead, Hisense and UEFA Foundation will keep working to advance their philanthropic efforts and provide greater benefits to various regions around the world by leveraging their respective resources. 

About Hisense
Hisense is a leading global home appliance and consumer electronics brand. Hisense’s business covers multimedia products (with a focus on Smart TVs), home appliances, and IT intelligent information. Hisense ranked No. 2 globally for TV shipments and No. 1 in 100″ TVs in both 2023 and Q1 2024, and now operates in more than 160 countries.

 

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